Prosecutors To Seek Death Penalty For Colorado Theater Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors in Colorado say they’ll seek the death penalty in the trial of the former graduate student accused of opening fire in a suburban Denver theater.

James Holmes in court. (File)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (April 1,2013)--Prosecutors announced Monday they will seek the death penalty in the trial of former graduate student James Holmes, who’s charged in the 2012 shooting rampage in a suburban Denver theater.

Last week prosecutors said they rejected an offer from the defense to have Holmes plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.

Prosecutors said the offer to have Holmes spend life in prison wasn't a serious attempt at plea bargaining.

Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder for the July 20 assault on a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" that killed 12 people and injured 70.

His attorneys are expected to argue that he was legally insane at the time of the shooting.

A judge entered a not guilty plea on Holmes' behalf last month.


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